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The world’s largest gas to liquids facility runs on LIMS English Eyebrow Colin Thurston, project director, informatics, Thermo Fisher Scientific explains how LIMS has enhanced Pearl GTL’s bottom line P earl GTL has no shortage of world records: Established by Shell and Qatar Petroleum in 2006, the facility includes the largest GTL plant and one of the largest instrumentation and control systems anywhere on earth. GTL technology enables Qatar – in partnership with Shell – to open up new opportunities in new markets, monetising its enormous natural gas resources through the creation of high-quality, easy-to-export liquid fuels. The facility processes 1.6 billion cubic feet of wellhead gas per day to remove contaminants and refine natural gas liquids. Using the proprietary Shell Middle Distillate 48 Oil & Gas Technology | www.oilandgastechnology.net Synthesis process, Pearl GTL converts output from the world’s largest non-associated gas field into fuels, lubricants and other high- quality products that Shell ships to markets around the world.The Challenge The scale and diversity of Pearl GTL makes it an incredibly complex operation. The building phase alone required Shell to create a private offloading quay in Ras Laffan City so it could import two million freight tons of necessary materials and equipment. It was clear from the beginning that Pearl GTL would need a highly sophisticated software solution to manage the data coming out of a quality control system